Buff Biographies: Pete Bryant

Excerpt from "Your 1948 Houston Buffs, Dixie Champions: Brief Biographies By Morris Frank and Adie Marks (1948).

Excerpt from “Your 1948 Houston Buffs, Dixie Champions: Brief Biographies By Morris Frank and Adie Marks (1948).

26-year old James Thomas “Pete” Bryant (6’1″) (BR/TR) was the third biggest winner on the 1948 Houston Buffs staff with a record of 14-14 and an ERA of 2.89. Over the course of his seven season (1942, 1946-51) all minor league career, Bryant won 103, lost 86. and hung up a nice 3.10 ERA to go with it as a bow. His biggest win season was what him to AA Houston for a year when he went 22-12, 3.33 with the 1947 class C Burlington club. For whatever reason, Pete Bryant dropped down to class A Columbus (GA) to start the 1949 season before jumping up the Cardinal vine for minor unsuccessful runs at AAA Rochester and Columbus (OH) before dropping back down for two nearly identical career finishing years of 17-14 for the 1950-51 Columbus (GA) clubs.

Without further research, we lose track of Pete Bryant after the 1951 season. As a small town North Carolina boy, he may have taken his family back to the east coast after his ball playing days were done, but don’t we know that for sure – or how much he may have remained in touch with baseball – or how he made a living.

Baseball Reference.Com shows James Thomas Bryant still alive at 91, but we have learned from other examples that those shown advanced ages at “BR.C” are sometimes the result of missing confirmation on a player’s death.

We tried running Bryant’s ID through “Find-A-Grave.Com” and did get one James Thomas Bryant from 1922 in North Carolina who died in 1999, but this fellow was born on May 5, 1922 in Spindale, NC.  Our James Thomas “Pete” Bryant was born on June 28, 1922 in Lasker, NC. – No death matches showed up for that name, birthdate, or place of birth.

The mystery of Pete Bryant’s after baseball life and his flirtation with immortality goes on until we get better information. If you know, or if your own research comes up with anything, please post it here as a comment upon this article. Your help in putting together the ten trillion piece puzzle that is baseball history will be appreciated.

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4 Responses to “Buff Biographies: Pete Bryant”

  1. vdpittman Says:

    Found a cemetery record that’s for probably his father, James Thomes Bryant, Sr., 1894-1958, Lasker, NC, which likely means Pete is/was a “Jr.”

    Click to access Town%20of%20Lasker%20Cemetery%20Burial%20Registry.pdf

  2. vdpittman Says:

    That same PDF, under the section “Burials with Family Links” tab on page 19 of the PDF (page 7 of that section), in the father’s entry, lists as one of two children “James Thomas ‘J.T.’ Bryant Jr. (1922-1987)”. That’s probably our Pete.

  3. vdpittman Says:

    The above PDF named a daughter, Jessie Mae, who would be Pete’s sister.

    Susan found 2012 obits for Jessie May Bryant Collier, born 1919, in the publications linked below. Both name a brother J.T. “Pete” Bryant as having predeceased her.

    So we have the year of Pete’s passing (1987), but not the date or the place.


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